their listeners to imagine themselves being enslaved. By the 1880s, slavery had been extinguished in the southern United States and across most of the earth. 13 Thomas Bradshaw, The Slave Trade inconsistent with Reason and Religion, 1788,.13. Org 63 John Stuart Mill, Representative Government, 1861,.
14 William Cowper, The Task, 1784, book. In any case, even these slaves were guaranteed better treatment than modern Africans. Acknowledgements I am grateful to the Writing Group and to Professor David Killingray for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper. In its opening pages, Clarkson argued that the slave trade was the greatest of the social evils conquered by the Christian religion. Hugh Thomas, The Slave Trade: The History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, Phoenix Press, 2006. 46 Booth, Commerce in the Human Species,.814. Increasingly, the horrors of this traffic in human beings were being exposed to public view the most notorious atrocity involved the slave ship. Britons and Americans saw themselves as free peoples, living in this enlightened age.22 In 1788, the centenary of the Glorious Revolution, abolitionists pointed out the glaring contradiction between the slave trade and Britains boasted love of liberty.
But who were the abolitionists, and how did their Christianity motivate them to campaign against the slave trade? Yet it is far from clear that we should avoid one reductionist view of Christian mission (the social gospel) only to replace it with another kind of reductionism (a Christianity shorn of concern for the created order, for the poor and the oppressed).58 For most. 2 John Newton, Thoughts upon the African Slave Trade, 1788. So tenacious were they in challenging their brethren that in 1754 the Philadelphia Quakers officially renounced the practice of slaveholding. 21 More, Slavery,.18. From any historical perspective, writes the pre-eminent historian of slavery, David Brion Davis, this was a stupendous transformation.1. 60 Davis, Slavery and Human Progress,.12953. Love for the Creator of our world, love for our neighbours, and the demands of stewardship require that we act now.62 Once again, this action requires an imaginative leap like our eighteenth-century predecessors, we will have to learn that seemingly innocuous actions (like taking frequent. 52 Equiano, The Interesting Narrative,.33738. Enlightenment enrages: for the slave wants the unconditional, he understands in the domain of morality too only the tyrannical, he loves as he hates, without nuance, into the depths of him, to the point of pain, to the point of sickness the great hidden suffering. It has been a vital force ever since.
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